Leeds United 'prepared to pay' £15m for Newcastle United man in potential FFP boost

Newcastle United midfielder Sean LongstaffNewcastle United midfielder Sean Longstaff
Newcastle United midfielder Sean Longstaff
Sean Longstaff has little over one year remaining on his Newcastle United contract

Leeds United are prepared to pay £15million for Sean Longstaff this summer, according to reports.

The North Shields native has been an ever-present for Newcastle United since Eddie Howe’s appointment. Many expected Longstaff to become a bit-part player this season but a hectic injury list and Sandro Tonali’s suspension has given him game time.

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Howe has started Longstaff every Premier League game since December 12, playing mostly alongside Bruno Gumaraes and Lewis Miley. However, Joe Willock’s return, as well as Longstaff’s form, has triggered questions about his place.

The Magpies have slipped down the table since the 26-year-old has been relied upon, with his performances coming under criticism. When grilled by the media ahead of the FA Cup defeat to Manchester City, Howe defended Longstaff by revealing he has played with a niggling injury since last April.

But a report from the Sunday Mirror, via The Yorkshire Post, has now emerged suggesting the Magpies could cash in on the midfielder. The Mirror claims Leeds United are keeping tabs on Longstaff’s contract situation at St James’ Park.

He has little over a year remaining on his current deal and there appears no sign of a breakthrough - despite Howe being keen to keep him. The report also notes how Newcastle could be willing to accept around £15million, a fee that falls within Leeds’ budget regardless of whether they win promotion.

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As an academy product, selling Longstaff would also be beneficial for FFP/PSR regulations. Youth players carry zero book value so funds received for the midfielder could unlock added spending power.

Manchester City and Chelsea have been exponents of this method to help bankroll superstar additions. CEO Darren Eales confirmed in January that Newcastle may need to sell players to create “headroom” on the balance sheet.

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